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Archive for March, 2012

VIDEO: Tax on Motor Vehicles increased

Posted on March 31st, 2012 : Administrator

The Government has revised taxes on cars, three-wheelers and motorbikes effective from today (31) in a move to reduce import costs and motor vehicle imports. (more…)

Tax on Motor vehicles also hiked

Posted on March 31st, 2012 : Administrator

tax on Sri Lanka vehicles

Tax on Motor vehicles which include cars, vans, trishaws and motor bicycles have been increased immediate effect. The Ministry of Finance and Planning announced today that the increase was made to ensure a drop in the vehicles imported to the country in order to reduce the high traffic congestions prevalent. The Ministry also said that this move will help bring down the use of fuel by motorists. (more…)

3 Bn. Income from booze and cigarette hike

Posted on March 31st, 2012 : Administrator

Cigarettes price increased in Sri Lanka

The Ministry of Finance and Planning said today that the estimated revenue from the increase of tax on alcohol and cigarettes would be close to 3 Billion rupees.The Ministry announced today that the price of all brands of cigarettes will be increased by Rs 1 forthwith. The Tax on imported beer was increased by Rs. 50 per Liter with the excise duty on local beer was increased by Rs. 5. Excise duty on hard liquor by Rs. 60 with immediate effect the Ministry said. (more…)

Warning to the public from Police Headquarters

Posted on March 31st, 2012 : Administrator

Police Head quarters says that a special security programme has been implemented in the city of Colombo and its suburbs for the security of the public during the forthcoming festive season. (more…)

Join hands to observe earth day:MR

Posted on March 31st, 2012 : Administrator

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa

President Mahinda Rajapaksa requested all citizens of the country to join hands with him to observe earth hour 2012 by switching off non essential lights this evening from 8.30 to 9.30 PM the Government Information department said. (more…)

Vietnam accepts offer of oil exploration block

Posted on March 31st, 2012 : Administrator

Sri Lanka oil exploration

Sri Lanka has offered Vietnam a block on the Mannar Basin to carryout oil exploration and the latter has officially accepted the offer. Discussions are now on between the two countries to formulate an agreement in this regard. (more…)

Tell the world about Lanka’s achievements -President tells media

Posted on March 31st, 2012 : Administrator

President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said the media are entrusted with the responsibility of guiding people and enabling them to differentiate between truth and untruth and between right and wrong, while performing an exemplary role in society. (more…)

The Dalai Lama wins 1.7 million Templeton prize for religion

Posted on March 30th, 2012 : Administrator


Onlanka News
– By Walter Jayawardhana

Dollars 1.7 million worth Templeton Prize of religion for the year 2012 has been awarded to the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama. (more…)

Remittances, exporter conversions boost Sri Lanka rupee

Posted on March 30th, 2012 : Administrator

(Reuters) – Sri Lanka’s rupee closed firmer on Wednesday as exporters and residents receiving remittances from workers abroad sold dollars ahead of festivals in April to mark the local new year. (more…)

SLFP to take disciplinary action against Mervyn

Posted on March 30th, 2012 : Administrator

Minister Mervyn Silva

The central committee of the SLFP yesterday unanimously decided to take disciplinary action against Minister Mervyn Silva over a statement that the minister had made asserting that no one could touch him while President Mahinda Rajapaksa was in power. (more…)

GL slams US over double standards on human rights

Posted on March 30th, 2012 : Administrator

Citing a simmering row between Israel and the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) over the latter’s decision to investigate Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, the Sri Lankan government yesterday pointed out the inconsistency of the US position, with regard to the contentious issue of human rights. (more…)

Ten Veteran Journalists to be felicitated by President, Today

Posted on March 30th, 2012 : Administrator

New Building for Media Development in Sri Lanka

Ten Veteran journalists who have excelled in the spheres of Mass Media will be honored with special awards by President Mahinda Rajapaksa at a ceremony to be held in Colombo on Friday morning.  This felicitation ceremony organized for the first time, by the Department of Government Information will take place when its new five storied Centre for Media Development is declared open by the President. (more…)


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